Saturday, January 05, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 180 Skywagon, N7757C, accident occurred December 29, 2018 at Bend Municipal Airport (KBDN), Deschutes County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bend, OR
Accident Number: GAA19CA111
Date & Time: 12/29/2018, 1436 PDT
Registration: N7757C
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tail wheel equipped airplane reported that, during the landing touchdown, with flaps extended, he heard the stall warning horn. Immediately following the touchdown, a gust of wind caused the airplane to balloon up about 10 ft and drift left. The pilot applied power to go-around, however the airplane continued to drift and subsequently collided with the ground.

The airplane sustained substantially damaged to the fuselage and both wings.

At the time of the accident the airplane was landing runway 16 with a crosswind from 250° at 16 knots, gusting to 28 knots.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot recommended less flaps and more airspeed when landing in a crosswind.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/02/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 5524 hours (Total, all aircraft), 120 hours (Total, this make and model), 5300 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7757C
Model/Series: 180 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 30389
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/26/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 57 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6500 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-50
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 265 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBDN, 3400 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 2235 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 16 knots / 28 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bend, OR (BDN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bend, OR (BDN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bend Muni (BDN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3459 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5200 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.094444, -121.200278 (est)

BEND, Oregon -   A single-engine plane with four people aboard crashed when a gust of wind hit as it landed at the Bend Municipal Airport on Saturday afternoon, ending up well off the runway and partially atop a mound of gravel. But despite significant damage, police said no serious injuries were reported.

Bend police and Deschutes County sheriff's deputies responded shortly before 2:30 p.m. to the crash of the Cessna 180, reported just off the north end of the runway at the airport along Powell Butte Highway east of Bend.

Bend police Lt. Brian Beekman said pilot John Bentley Jr., 58, of Bend was landing the plane, returning from a flight of about three hours, when the gust of wind hit. Bentley said he tried to gain control of the plane, but Beekman said "it made contact with an embankment and crashed just east of the runway." 

Sgt. Robert Jones said the pilot "tried to power back up (and) tried to power out of it and couldn't recover, spun around" and came to rest against a pile of gavel and dirt.

A juvenile on the plane was taken by Bend Fire ambulance to St. Charles Bend for evaluation of minor injuries, Jones said.

"This was really a miracle," Jones said, "because it went quite a ways off the runway. I was watching a plane come in later, and the wind throws them all over the place."

"A lot of it went well, considering," the sergeant added.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Gregory Martin confirmed preliminary reports from first responders that there were four people aboard the plane and that the crash caused a minor fuel leak but no major injuries. 

One person was still in the plane, which ended up east of the runway, when police arrived. Two others were reported to be at the fixed-base operator office and the fourth was at a hangar.

The airport didn't halt operations, as another plane landed a short time later during the blustery afternoon.

The plane was significantly damaged in the crash. FAA records show it is owned by Bentley and was built in 1961.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. Glad everyone is OK but another legacy aircraft met its fate.